One of the nation's largest art fairs, Art Basel, opens this week in Miami. But days before the fair launches in Miami Beach, the party had already started across the bridge, in Miami's Wynwood neighborhood.
Art Basel begins this week, and WLRN will be your guide. In a special hour hosted by WLRN's arts editor, Alicia Zuckerman, we give you tips on what to see, and how. Plus we look at the fair's history and how it's shaped Miami.
At a roundtable arts engagement event at Locust Projects recently, the conversation inevitably turned to Art Basel and its effect on Miami both as a city and as developer of the arts scene. The chat touched on the blossoming street-art hub of Wynwood, and how there is a tangible sense that Miami is starting to matter in the arts world.
It would have been a positive, maybe even an uplifting conversation, if it was not filled with undertones of frustration.
You may notice a growing buzz of activity--especially in Midtown, the Design District and Miami Beach--that signals that a week (or more) of art appreciation, parties and sensory overload is almost here. The height of activity is next Wednesday, Dec. 5 through Sunday, Dec. 9, but gallery openings and other events are already starting.
Below are are seven signs that Art Basel is upon us.
Premiering November 14 at 8:00pm on WLRN channel 17
Rising Tide: A Story of Miami Artists is a documentary about seven young exceptionally talented visual artists who live and work in Miami, a city that is in the middle of a cultural explosion. The program takes viewers inside the working worlds of these uniquely creative people, at the same time giving insight into the history and trajectory of Miami’s own recent creative development.
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